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Officer Donald Moncrief, age 39 Officer Donald Moncrief, age 39

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – CBS News 8 has learned the identity of a San Diego police officer accused of groping a woman and exposing himself to her.

Multiple CBS News 8 sources have identified the officer in question as 39-year-old Donald Moncrief. Moncrief is married and has two children. He is a six-year veteran of the police department working out of the Southern Division, and was once a member of the department's honor guard. He has been placed on paid suspension.

San Diego Police Department Chief William Lansdowne announced Wednesday that another patrol officer was under investigation for sexual misconduct.

"Touching and exposure is her allegation. It's not proven but we are at the beginning of this case right now," said Lansdowne. "He exposed himself."

Moncrief came to the department's attention during their investigation into former officer Christopher Hays, who's accused of inappropriately touching four women, and possibly two more. The victim called the department February 12 to say she saw Hays' picture on television and recognized him as the man who allegedly touched her and exposed himself to her, but the department says she mistook Hays for Moncrief.

"We are not sure of all the details. It's an active investigation as we speak," said Lansdowne.

Internal affairs detectives are now in the process of interviewing all the women the six year veteran officer has had contact with while on duty.

"This is a very serious allegation and we are taking it very seriously," said Lansdowne.

The chief adds that the woman had been arrested on a vehicle theft charge in the Southern Division and was being transported to the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee at the time of the alleged incident.

Chief Lansdowne said he would not identify the officer involved, because the investigation is in its preliminary stages and the officer has not been charged with a crime.

In response to this latest accusation, Lansdowne announced a new department-wide policy that will require at least two officers be in the vehicle when any female arrestee is transported to jail. Also lieutenants are conducting "random checks," which means they will select 10 people, at random, to call and check on the service received with the officer involved with the stop.

"I don't know if we can be more honest and open about what we are doing. You have to deal with issues and problems one day at a time," said Lansdowne.

On Wednesday, the chief suspended the officer with pay and stripped his police powers.

The chief says the case is still under review and will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office.

San Diego police will have an independent auditor come in to investigate officer conduct.

The chief plans to meet with the Department of Justice on the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on an independent audit on Thursday. Using them would be no cost to the city and take up to 10 months.

Another group, non-profit Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), is also an option that could cost $80,000 to $200,000 and take up to seven months.

Once the chief comes up with a proposal it will require approval from the City Council.

The chief says similar audits have been successful in Las Vegas and programs are still in progress in Philadelphia and Portland.

Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer released the following statement:

"Ensuring confidence and trust in the San Diego Police Department is my top priority. San Diegans will see that this is the immediate focus of my administration when I take office."

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